NEWS | Aug. 18, 2015

Justice Files: Courts-Martial (July 2015)

By Capt. Ekaterina Korulina 628th Air Base Wing legal office

The Airmen of Joint Base Charleston referenced below were convicted at a summary court-martial and action was taken on their convictions during July of 2015.

Airmen who are convicted at a special or general court martial are considered to have a federal conviction. Sentences at a special court-martial can be up to one year in jail, a Bad Conduct Discharge (or a dismissal for Officers), reduction in grade to E-1 for enlisted members, and forfeiture of 2/3rds pay per month for 12 months.  Sentences at a general court-martial vary widely according to the charged crimes.

A general court-martial, if the accused is convicted of the appropriate crime, can sentence a member to the maximum punishment authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice based on the crime for which the member was convicted, up to and including life in prison, or even death, if authorized for that offense.

628th Logistics Readiness Squadron

A senior airman was tried by a special court-martial for violating Article 112a, UCMJ.  The member was charged with one specification of wrongful use of cocaine on diverse occasions, at or near North Charleston, S.C.  The member was convicted pursuant to his pleas of violation of Article 112a, UCMJ.   Punishment adjudged at the court-martial was reduction to the rank of airman basic, forfeiture of $1,031 per month for two months, to be confined at the Naval Consolidated Brig for two months, and a bad conduct discharge.

A staff sergeant was tried by a special court-martial for violating Article 112a and Article 92, UCMJ.  The member was charged with one specification of wrongful use of cocaine, at or near North Charleston, S.C., and two specifications of dereliction of duties by wrongfully using dextromethorphan, an over-the-counter medication, in a manner contrary to its intended medical purpose, for the purpose of altering mood or function.   The member was convicted of violation of Article 112a and Article 92, UCMJ.   Punishment adjudged at the court-martial was reduction to the rank of airman first class, forfeiture of $1,370, and to be confined at the Naval Consolidated Brig for one month.